Darren Criss Q&A: ‘Glee’
“I consider myself a pretty articulate guy,” declares Darren Criss, “and I’ve gotten pretty inarticulate because the whole thing is so much bigger than me.” He’s referring to the end of “Glee” and the song he wrote for the series finale entitled “This Time.” In our recent webcam chat (watch below), he admits, “It’s a really tall order to try and do this. It’s something that I just never really wanted to impose upon anybody.”
He vividly recalls his original guest stint in season two. “When I joined the show, I still had this sort of bizarre inferiority complex." As he explains, "I never wanted to raise my hand and try to ruffle any feathers by asking for anything ever." Fast forward five years. "Writing this song, I felt really strange about the whole thing. I didn’t want to leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth on the way out. I didn’t want it to look like a vanity project or anything like that.”
The song began as a huge ensemble piece but became a solo for Lea Michele. “I tailored it for her,” says Criss, “and I tailored it for the show." He admits, "I’m very hyper-specific about trying to make things work within the context of what convention they live in. I guess that’s the goal of any songwriter.”
The actor speaks candidly about his connection with the fans of the series. “When people come up to me and say they’ve grown up with the show, it’s an amazing privilege to be apart of someone’s life in that way." He concedes, "granted, it’s not me — it’s a character in a show — but still, having an association with that is great.”
Criss shared in two SAG nominations for Best Comedy Ensemble during the run of “Glee.” Might he add an Emmy nomination for Best Original Song to his resume?